Ascent of Grand View Hill on 2015-03-21

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grand View Hill
    Elevation:686 ft / 209 m

Ascent Trip Report

This popular city landmark (aka Turtle Hill) in the Sunset District is well known these days for the colorful mosaic stairs (Moraga Steps) rising between 16th Ave&Moraga St (465') and 15th Ave, from where the ascent to Grandview Park is completed by more steps, first concrete, then wooden. The mosaic stairs were a neighborhood project, completed in 2005. I chose the somewhat shorter climb up the concrete flight of stairs (110 in all) on the other side of the park, climbing from 14th&Moraga to just below the windswept, sandy summit area. A tough environment for the coastal scrub here. Great views of Sutro Forest, Twin Peaks, downtown SF, and Berkeley's campanile, and more. No trouble parking on the narrow neighborhood streets.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:136 ft / 41 m
    Route:110 steps
    Trailhead:14th&Moraga Streets  550 ft / 167 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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